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Chase Daniel is the top earner among QBs paid to not start
Los Angeles Chargers backup quarterback Chase Daniel has made over $40 million in his NFL career despite only starting five games. (Credit: Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)

Chase Daniel is the top earner among QBs paid to not start

LOS ANGELES (BVM) – During his team’s Thursday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 15, Los Angeles Chargers backup quarterback Chase Daniel was called to action after starter Justin Herbert went down in the fourth quarter with an injury. The 13-year veteran went in and handed the ball off to running back Sony Michel for a four-yard gain before Herbert came back in to lead the Chargers to a near comeback against their division rival.

Why was this moment so significant? Because Daniel is known as the biggest money-making backup quarterback in league history. Despite playing for six teams over his 13-year career, Daniel has only started five games but has made a whopping $41 million in earnings.

With his appearance against the Chiefs, Daniel’s all-time games played jumped to 71 while his starts remained stagnant. Daniel is truly elite when it comes to making money while not playing in games. Though he is truly in a class of his own when it comes to this, he’s far from the only quarterback to have benefited from the NFL’s deep pockets despite the fact that they didn’t play much.

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